Michael Christie Honoured with Kochi Award

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Michael Christie receives the Kouhi Award from NOWW president, Dr. Jane Crossman.
Michael Christie receives the Kouhi Award from NOWW president, Dr. Jane Crossman.

Michael Christie receives the Kouhi Award from NOWW president, Dr. Jane Crossman.
Michael Christie receives the Kouhi Award from NOWW president, Dr. Jane Crossman.

THUNDER BAY – After giving an inspiring keynote address, author Michael Christie was presented with the Kouhi Award at the Literary Awards Party on Saturday, May 7 at the Prince Arthur Hotel.

The Kouhi Award recognizes outstanding contributions to literature of Northwestern Ontario, named in honour of poet Elizabeth Kouhi.

Earlier that day, Christie hosted an informative workshop in front of a large group at the Mary JL Black Library. The workshop and annual awards party were organized by the Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop (NOWW).

“The Committee chose Michael Christie because of his dedication to literature in Northwestern Ontario,” said Jane Crossman, NOWW President.

“Not only did he set his book (If I Fall, If I Die) in Thunder Bay, which is his former hometown, Michael has done a lot to promote literature and inspire writers in this region, so he absolutely deserved this honor,” Crossman said.

Actors performed “No More Jokes,” a play written by John Pringle that won the Audience Favourite Award at the 10X10 Showcase, to an appreciative audience as part of the after-dinner entertainment.

Several writers from the region were recognized with awards that night.

Poetry

First Prize: Siobhan Farrell

Second Prize: “Principles of Non-Contradiction” – Holly Haggarty

Third Prize: Sherri Lankinen

Honourable Mention: Sallee Dick

Creative Non-Fiction

First Prize: “One Man’s Love: A Memoir” – Sue Blott

Second Prize: “Start with a Shovel” – Roy Blomstrom

Third Prize: “Visits to the Wastelands” – Jack Shedden

Short Fiction

First Prize: “The Sisterhood” – Joan Baril

Second Prize: “Frogs Don’t Swim” – Doug Diaczuk

Novel Excerpt

First Prize: “Home Service” – Tessa Soderberg

Second Prize: “Walter Boychuk” – Jim Creighton

Third Prize: “Summer Wages” – Tessa Soderberg

Bill MacDonald Prize for Prose (Non-Fiction) “Elna and Sven” – Roy Blomstrom

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